The other night, I made some Cookies ‘n Cream cupcakes. This is the second time I’ve made this, with the first being a “hit”, I was confident these would turn out pretty good too, if not better. So I went on to get all my stuff prepped and ready to roll. In the middle of mixing, I put in some of the dry mix only to realize I haven’t blended in the milk yet. So I did that real quick but the batter didn’t look the same. Flavor was good but seemed a little different. I proceeded to add the rest of the dry mix and folded in the Oreo bits and chunks. Baked. Made frosting. Waited for timer to go off. Took cupcakes out to cool. Placed on cooling rack. Observed… the tops of the cupcakes rose like they were supposed to but something was different, it still looked kind of moist, but the sides looked cooked and I didn’t want to put back into the oven and overcook it. So I let it sit, then frosted, sprinkled the crushed Oreos on and topped with half Oreo cookie. I didn’t bother tasting or trying.
Next morning, Mel came over to pick up Eunice for their carpool, and took one with her for breakfast (Eunice, Mel and ShaSha are my tasters). I asked her later on that morning how was it. She replied “It’s different. Taste is still good but the textures seems different. Cake seems harder, fuller.” HHmmmm… I Googled what I may have done wrong. Seems like my slight mistake changed the texture, the reaction of dry mix being put in before the milk. Lesson learned. From now on start and end with dry mix!
The next one will be close to perfect, I can feel it!
Ube CC part 2
So last night, I made Ube Cupcakes for the first time but it was getting late and I was too lazy to make the frosting. The cake was tasty, but needed a bit more ube, light and moist. Had some today and it was the same, and not dry at all as others had experienced after having it sit overnight.
My plan for the frosting was to make a buttercream with grated coconut, but my tasting panel didn’t seem too crazy about that idea. So when I got home I proceeded to start with the base buttercream with a thought of adding something to the product. I thought of making the leftover steamed ube into a halaya but I felt too lazy to go out and buy evaporated milk. Instead, I went ahead and added a few teaspoons of the ube into the frosting and mixed away. It was a nice sweet cream cheesy flavor with hints of ube bits and flavor. I put it into my frosting thingajig (sorry I don’t know all the baking terminology yet) and started to dress the tasty treat. Clogged!!! The ube bits clogged the thingamajig. So I had to resort frosting by hand using a mixing spatula. Presentation wasn’t all that but turned out pretty well. A few more slight changes to the recipe should do it and I should be an Ube Cupcake wiz LOL.
Credits for my recipe goes out to BurntLumpia and LetMeEatCake for providing great starting points.
Eunice - first one to get from the batch and my most critical taster and my flavor suggestionaire.
Mel and Sha - cupcake junkies who’ll give me a breakdown on my cupcakes.
Ethan and Cole - the boys thought it was chocolate and loved it! They wouldn’t have tried it if they knew what it was.
What flavor is next? Stand by…
Inspired but Lazy
When I first started making cupcakes, one of the challenges brought to me was to make Ube Cupcakes. Ube is a purple yam that we eat in the Philippines in different forms of desserts. My wife loves ube, so it was easy to say that yes, I wanted to make some. I looked around for some recipes out there and the one I picked seemed the easiest to follow except for making ube (adds another 30 minutes to preparation time). I modified a couple of the ingredients given to me by a colleague who bakes. The batter turned out pretty good, and the final product was overall tasty. I need to add more ube so the flavor comes out more. The bread is lighter but it’s not purple enough! This calls for purple food coloring, or maybe the added ube will make it purple. As for the frosting, I’m too lazy to make some plus it will have some coconuts in it so it will have to wait until tomorrow. But I must say, this cupcake can actually stand on its own without the frosting. I’ll update you guys on the frosting tomorrow!
Bought some ingredients today for a surprise experimental flavor cupcake. I was ready to start but I was still missing some other “ordinary” ingredients but I got lazy to go to the store and ended up taking a quick nap then shooting some hoop with the 6 year old before the sunset and dinner. Maybe Monday will be better and I can drop by the grocery on the way home for my missing ingredients and start on my experimental cupcake =)
Are those Oreo halves? Yup!
"You can’t look at a cupcake without smiling"